Author: Ronda NaiduRonda Naidu is an editor with CFO South Africa and CHRO South Africa. She holds a Masters in Corporate Journalism and earned her journalistic stripes at a number of the top privately owned media companies, across the print and online platforms, in South Africa. She has been recognised as a leading strategic communications professional in the country, having headed a number of communication functions across the financial, mining, engineering and agricultural industries.
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Top international headlines: Covid-19 hit low-income countries harder than 2008 financial crisis
Bitcoin protest in El Salvador, US spends billions on whistle-blower pay-outs, and more.
Webinar reveals that organisations need to manage risk to create value
Following an integrated risk management approach is increasingly necessary for organisations.
Top international headlines: US counts the trillions lost to inequality and more
Also, China factory gate inflation is at its highest and Guinea sees a rise in aluminium prices.
Sanlam’s mortality claims doubled during second wave of Covid-19, says FD Abigail Mukhuba
The insurer has paid mortality claims of R8 billion in South Africa and R2 billion in the rest of its operations.
Top international headlines: Swiss economy rebounds and more
Also in the spotlight: Ford cuts production and China provides funding boost for small businesses.
Webinar reveals how you can tame your tax dispute frustrations
There are ways to reduce frustration, save time and costs when dealing with SARS disputes.
Visionary Woman: CFO Nopasika Lila says the world is conspiring for your success
Women should be given opportunities with full confidence that they are going to achieve and deliver, says Nopasika.
Top international headlines: Supply chain crisis deepens post-Brexit
Companies are calling for the relaxation of post-Brexit visa requirements to address supply chain crisis.
Visionary Woman Nompumelelo Mokou says empowerment should not be limited to gender
The Dimension Data MD believes that the empowerment of both women and men should be addressed.
Webinar reveals that financial transformation is a must to be fit for the future
Being agile in financial reporting is now a key consideration for the C-Suite, says Prosus’s Moveshen Moodley.
Top international headlines: Huawei CFO under extradition spotlight
The defence of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou failed on facts and law, China looks to the super-rich and more.
Webinar reveals that CIPC’s new reporting updates makes GRAP mandatory and improves DQM
AFS reporting requirements will soon be in place for SOEs and municipal-owned companies.
Absa headline earnings to exceed pre-pandemic levels, says interim FD Punki Modise
The bank’s group headline earnings grew five-fold to R8.9 billion for the first half of 2021.
Top international headlines: Big investments in the metaverse in the spotlight
Google explores pay cuts, while pharmaceutical giants raise Covid-19 vaccine prices and more.
Fortress REIT bets on sustainability in sunny South Africa
CFO Ian Vorster says sustainability bonds are increasingly being used around the world to finance renewable energy development.
SANParks goes cash free in several national parks
CFO Dumisani Dlamini says the move will minimise the risk of handling cash and improve customer convenience.
South African Tim Souter takes on CFO role at Appzone Group
Tim Souter joins Appzone while continuing to manage several other interests.
Webinar reveals that the bots are here to make life easier for finance
Bots are changing the way finance teams operate, including Hyundai Automotive SA, says CFO Thinus Venter.
CFO Terry Musiyambiri: Ostem is targeting to expand beyond mining
Local manufacturing can provide some certainty at a time when shipping periods are uncertain, Terry says.
Top international headlines: Tech companies record strong revenue growth
Tech and social media companies continue to post impressive results thanks to an increase in online activity.
Top international headlines: Climate crisis continues to top business agendas around the world
BlackRock uses its proxy for climate good, BHP may be exiting oil and gas, and more.
Top international headlines: Big brands’ tax affairs in the spotlight this week
The US sees a 13-year high in inflation rate, emergency stimulus tapering off, and more.
Life Healthcare CFO Megandra Naidoo’s R3 million share purchase
The purchase forms part of the organisation’s intention to align executive interest with that of shareholders.
Top international headlines: Social, cloud and big tech in the spotlight this week
Big tech under fire in China, while Trump aims his ire at social tech, and more.
Aveng CFO Adrian Macartney explains the workings behind Moolmans’ turnaround path
Adrian says Aveng’s strengthened balance sheet has enabled Moolmans to embark on a renewal plan.
CFO Greg Booyens says sustainability-linked funding is a good fit for Emira
Emira Property Fund has raised R805 million in sustainability-linked debt as part of its growing ESG focus.
Top international headlines: Americans and Facebook becoming richer
Americans emerge richer from the pandemic, Facebook’s market value rises, and more.
Transaction Capital’s Sean Doherty sees good value in creating transparency and trust
The CFO says regulation, governance and compliance can be a competitive advantage.
Top international headlines: Billionaires in the spotlight
Billionaires want to go to space, but insurers don’t, John McAfee dies in prison and more.
Top international headlines: Coca-Cola and real estate markets make news
Coca-Cola’s share price fell because of Cristiano Rolando, and real estate markets show bubble warnings.
PwC launches global strategy to meet unprecedented change
The New Equation aims to focus on trust and sustainability reveals PwC CEO Dion Shango.
Multichoice reports solid growth despite pandemic, reveals CFO Tim Jacobs
Strong all-round performance sets the stage for growth at Multichoice South Africa in 2022.
CFO Kameel Keshav: SAHIF is committed to taking digital infrastructure to affordable housing
Increased shareholding of empowerment partners boosts the creation of a new, smart lifestyle.
Top international headlines: Bitcoin and the impact of the climate crisis
Bitcoin becomes a legal tender in El Salvador, economic losses are expected due to the climate crisis, and more.
CFO Murad Sirkot says Sygnia sees opportunity in the new normal
Sygnia’s low-cost passive investment strategy pays off with double digit growth despite Covid-19.
Casper Troskie believes people need focused connection in times of change
The Old Mutual CFO says that leaders have had to be more deliberate when checking in with people.
Top international headlines: India and Uganda economies take knock due to Covid-19
India’s economy contracted by 7.3 percent, the IMF is helping Uganda mitigate the impact of Covid-19, and more.
DRC concentrate ban is not new, says Ivanhoe CFO Marna Cloete
Marna explains that the rules now recognise that a derogation may be justified for a number of reasons.
CFO Pieter de Wit says Gravenhage acquisition will propel Afrimat to mid-tier miner
The acquisition of Gravenhage will increase Afrimat’s scale in the ferrous-metal value chain.
Big Oil players under fire for fossil fuel investment
Amazon buys MGM studios, nine new billionaires since the beginning of Covid-19 and more making headlines.
Top international headlines: Supply chains face strain as companies stockpile
Trump family facing criminal charges, Colonial Pipeline pays off cyber-criminals and more in this week’s headlines.
Community Conversation looks at blockchain and whether business is ready for it
Pieter Heyns said, in a “trust less” environment, bitcoin has shown that blockchain is secure and resilient.
Top international headlines: Billionaires in the spotlight this week
Bill Gates divorce, Jeff Bezos selling Amazon shares and more making international headlines.
Murad Sirkot, the CFO changing the face of investment in South Africa
Murad uses his finance knowledge to steer the research and development committees at Sygnia.
Mark Stirton: making the CFO the chief futurist officer
A proponent of digital tech as a key enabler, Mark talks about Mr Price’s recent acquisitions and growth opportunities.
CFOs learn how to preserve and create value in an uncertain world
PwC's Robert Beighton explained the levers to create shareholder value in CFO Community Conversation.
Lessons from SA’s accounting heroes
A CFO South Africa webinar looks at how smaller practices are keeping SMEs alive and kicking during Covid-19.
The Covid-19 crisis was not Megan Pydigadu’s first liquidity rodeo as EOH group FD
Megan Pydigadu reveals some of the lessons learnt from EOH’s pre-pandemic liquidity crisis.
ACCA’s Pat Semenya shares the three trends that are reshaping the finance landscape
From automation to working from home, finance professionals are focusing on becoming future fit.
Afrimat CFO Pieter de Wit: Strategy and emotion are key to a company’s success
CFO Pieter de Wit sees the value of soft skills in contributing to a company’s success.
CFO Elmarie Maritz on nurturing women in mining
Sedibelo Platinum Mines CFO Elmarie Maritz sees the mining industry as an opportunity for women.
Green shoots in an otherwise barren landscape
The South African agriculture sector was the sole positive contributor to GDP in the second quarter of 2020.